2022 Southington France Cultural Journey
April 6, 2022 -
April 15, 2022
Dates are tentative
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$3,490 USD with discount if paid in full
Airfare not included in program tuition
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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.
Program Tuition: $3,590
Pay in Full
Pay in full at the time of enrollment and receive a $100 discount off your program tuition! Payment with the discount would be:
Pay a $500 deposit at the time of enrollment and establish an interest-free monthly payment plan. If you enroll today, your estimated* monthly payments would be:
All prices in United States Dollars.
France Cultural Journey
Vive la France! A bucket list destination for any traveler, the country beckons with history, culture, and unique flare for life. Paris is legendary and vibrates with energy while the rolling hiles, pristine beaches, rustic chateauxs and towering cathedrals of the countryside provide calming balance. Regardless of where you are, le patrimoine, the millennia of history and culture imbues every corner of France so that even after a short visit you come away with a powerful sense of the country’s past.
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Marvel at the Palace of Versailles
Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Jardin des Tuileries
Window shop on the Champs-Élysées
Visit the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, the Louvre and more!
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|1||USA & Airplane||Today we'll fly across the pond from Boston to Paris, France. Because of the time change, we will spend the night on the plane and arrive early the next day (day 2).||Airplane|
|2||Paris & Vichy||We will arrive Paris in the late morning and depart immediate for Vichy. Upon arrival, we will explore Vichy on foot - visiting the historic town center, the opera, and local market. We'll enjoy a dinner in town before heading home for an early evening.||Cavilam|
|3||Vichy||Morning of classes, lunch on campus followed by an afternoon atelier. Today we will go deep into the wings of the Vichy Opera and learn about its art nouveau structure. Upon returning to CAVILAM, we will have some outdoor sports and free time. After dinner, we will have an evening of outdoor French cinema in the nearby amphitheater.||Cavilam|
|4||Vichy||Day of lessons, afternoon excursion to Clermont-Ferrand. We'll take detours off of the main roads of this capital of Auvergne and discover its cobblestone streets and history through a walking tour. This evening, we will sample some of the amazing regional specialities. We will also learn by tasting how cheese is an essential element of the local heritage in Auvergne.||Cavilam|
|5||Vichy||Day trip to Lyon, a commercial and cultural crossroads. We will explore its rich architecture and arts; the Old Lyon quarter, which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site; the impressive Notre Dame de Fourviere; the roman theater; murals. We will eat lunch together at a restaurant, and there will be some free time in the afternoon to explore the city in smaller groups.||Cavilam|
|6||Vichy||Last day of classes and lunch on campus followed by an afternoon excursion into Vichy one last time to check out the central market and practice our newly refined French skills. After our group dinner, we will either have a night of dancing or go see a move in French! Make sure your bags are packed - in the morning we depart for Paris!||Cavilam|
|7||Vichy & Paris||Today we'll train back to Paris and drop our things at our hotel before we head out for a day of exploration. We will begin our travels with the Ile de la cite and the Quartier Latin. This is the cradle of old Paris - we will also visit Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle with its extraordinary 13th-century stained glass as well as remark upon the Pont Neuf, too. Afterwards we will take a relaxing and scenic boat ride along the Seine. Of course, this evening, we will enjoy some tasty French cuisine for dinner, followed by a group reflection at our hostel recapping our time thus far.||Hostel|
|8||Paris||The adventure continues as we tour the famed Louvre Museum, Paris' biggest museum and home to some of the most important works of art in the history of the world. We will then enjoy a stroll through the nearby Tuileries Garden headed towards the Place de la Concorde. Crossing over the river Seine we will make our way to the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn overlooking this iconic world wonder. Later, we will have some free time on the renowned Champs Elysees. For our final evening in Paris we will have a fun dinner as a group and play games until we call the night for our departure the following day.||Hostel|
|9||Paris||On our last full day in Paris, after breakfast, we will head over to the Jardin des Plantes. We'll enjoy the beautiful gardens and greenhouses and then break for a picnic lunch. After the gardens, we will have the opportunity to visit the Grand Mosque of Paris, built in the 1920s, and have tea on the tiled terrace. We'll walk over to the bustling Rue Mouffetard, stopping to see the Arenes de Lutece (Roman ruins) on the way. We'll have a festive farewell dinner where we can taste traditional French cuisine: frog legs, escargot and steak frites. We'll head back to our accommodations early so that we can pack and rest up for the journey home.||Hostel|
|10||Paris & USA||Enjoy our last traditional french breakfast then make our way to the airport and fly home!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Auberge de Jeunesse les Camélias
The Nice Youth Hostel Les Camélias is a beautiful traditional villa located in the heart of the city, with a patio, terrace and veranda, it is very close to the Promenade des Anglais and the beaches of Nice. Inside, the beautiful fresco made by a local painter makes the place warm and welcoming. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
A locally owned and operated welcoming countryside accommodation with modern amenities. We have chosen to work with Ferme Auberge de la Maison Nueve for its warm atmosphere, home cooked meals, and genuine French hospitality. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Les Gîtes de la Barbotine
Les Gîtes de la Barbotine is a welcoming little village comprised of spacious cottages between Angers and Nantes. A wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature and the vegetation of the French countryside. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the premises keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!
Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and Panama
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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